Dez Bryant defends Ezekiel Elliott’s holdout, rips Cowboys

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Dez Bryant has come to the defense of former teammate Ezekiel Elliott while taking a shot at the Cowboys.

As Elliott continues his holdout in hopes of reaching a new deal with Dallas, owner Jerry Jones said Friday on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas: “If we do a (new) contract, what’s to assure us that this time next year, or 3 months later, we won’t be talking about another contract..if we’re not going to honor contracts?”

By contrast, Jones noted, two other key Cowboys players, QB Dak Prescott and wideout Amari Cooper, don’t have new deals in place but are not sitting out, instead getting ready to play in Week 1.

“Amari and Dak are very engaged with what we are doing this week” Jones said.

After Jones’ interview, Bryant, who played alongside Elliott for two seasons before he was cut by the Cowboys in 2018, went on a Twitter rant to defend Elliott’s decision to sit out until he’s satisfied with a new deal.

Bryant started by commending Elliott for fighting for a new contract, while also advising him to “stand your ground.” He added: “I wish I would have done a lot of things different.”

Bryant then started replying to Twitter users. One suggested Jones was standing his ground as well because Elliott has one year left on his rookie contract as well as a fifth-year team option. Bryant responded by taking a shot at the Cowboys. He wrote, in part: “I’m going off my experiences why I believe he should stand by what he want..plus you don’t think I wanted the rest of the money from my contract..they have options to let you go whenever..”

When asked about how Elliott’s teammates feel about him holding out, Bryant wrote: “Low key supporting him.”

Bryant responded to a few more comments, continuing to defend Elliott’s character:



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